How much does it cost to have a shower?

HAVING a shower kick starts the day for millions of people across the UK.

But many will be concerned about the cost of having one starting in October when the new energy price cap goes into effect.

We reveal how much it costs to take a shower

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We reveal how much it costs to take a showerCredit: Alamy

The price cap, set by the energy regulator Ofgem, will see the average household bill rise to £ 3,500 from less than the current £ 2,000.

So how much does it cost to shower now, and how much will it cost in the fall?

We spoke to GoCompare, which revealed the cost of a one-, four-, six-, and 10-minute shower based on the current price cap and October limit.

The maximum price is currently 28 pence per kilowatt of energy, but from 1 October it will rise to 52 pence per kilowatt. This means that the costs will almost double.

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The cost of the shower will obviously vary as not everyone uses the same amount of energy.

Therefore, GoCompare has provided cost ranges from the cheapest to the most expensive.

One minute shower

A one-minute shower costs between 3p and 5p based on the current price limit, GoCompare estimates.

Based on the October price limit, which ranges from 6 pence to 9 pence.

Annually, and based on one shower per day, it gets up to £ 17.89 off the current high and up to £ 33.22 off the October high.

Four minute shower

A four-minute shower costs between 13p and 19p depending on the current price limit.

Based on the October price limit, which goes up between 24p and 36p.

Annually, and based on one shower per day, it goes up to £ 71.54 off the current high and up to £ 132.86 off the October high.

Six minute shower

A six-minute shower costs between 19p and 29p based on the current price limit.

Based on the October price cap, which ranges from 36p to 54p.

Annually, and based on one shower per day, it goes up to £ 107.31 off the current high and up to £ 199.29 off the October high.

10 minute shower

A 10 minute shower costs between 32p and 49p depending on the current price limit.

Based on the October price cap, which ranges from 60p to 91p.

Annually, and based on one shower per day, it goes up to £ 178.85 off the current high and up to £ 332.15 off the October high.

What can you do to reduce costs?

Stuart Jones, an energy expert at GoCompare, said the cost increase since October was shocking, but reducing the time spent in the shower was an easy way to cut your energy bill.

He said, “If you’re used to taking a ten-minute shower right now, you can see that just by reducing this to four minutes a day, the savings could be significant.

“There are savings to be made by making small lifestyle changes and thinking about how things are done at home.”

You can cut your bills by reducing other energy-intensive appliances as well.

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